Grant will assist city with pump improvements

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM.

The city of Port St. Joe will receive state grant funds to complete badly-needed upgrades to the Chipola Pump Station.

The station is critical to the city’s water supply, pumping water from the Chipola River into the freshwater canal that meanders miles down to the city’s surface water treatment plant.

The station is decades old and the city has already replaced one pump and a generator.

The Northwest Florida Water Management District announced last week some $10 million in water quality grant funding, including nearly $200,000 to allow the city to rehabilitate the second supply pump and add a new diesel generator.

“The project will help improve public health and safety by providing a more reliable water supply system,” the NWFWMD release stated.

City officials have been trying to identify funding to complete the upgrades to the Chipola Pump Station for months.

The station will become even more critical as the city expands, per the NWFWMD desires, to become more of a regional supplier of water.

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